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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: uk
Date: May 15, 2007
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Water, Transportation
Date Uploaded: May 16, 2007

open in ps, desaturate, rename, open again, in seperate window, clone red boyancy aid from second back to desaturated one, adjust contrast, and brightness, sharpen, resize.

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05/28/2007 08:37:01 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First impression: Wow, quite a red! A bit too centered, and I feel like the boat is getting lost in the background. And what is that person doing?

The photo: A bit centered for my taste. Centering the bright red life saver doesn't seem to be of any benefit to the composition. I might have tried a different angle or crop if possible. With this angle, the top of the boat also seems to get lost in the tree line. I also might have straightened out the shoreline, as it seems a bit tilted to the right.

Processing: I'm not sure I can quite follow your processing steps. It sounds like you opened two completely separate versions of this photo. I would suggest working with layers instead. You can choose a part of your photo with the lasso or wand (the life saver for example), then create a new layer which is just a copy of that. Go back to your first layer and desaturate the whole thing, and your red life saver will still be red in the other layer. There are some great PS learning threads going on right now... here is one started by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Art Roflmao... PS101 Group A - Selection Tools and Masks, and another thread from a while back from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music... Photoshop Basics Mentorship Thread.

Anyway, I got a bit off topic there, but hopefully some of that is helpful. Good luck in future challenges!

Message edited by author 2007-05-28 20:38:18.
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05/28/2007 07:35:35 AM
I think the top of the boat and the background do not contrast against each other well enough. The same main subject against the open sea or with the lakeside or shore further away would look much better and also carry the concept of needing the lifesaver in an emergency much better.
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05/28/2007 07:24:51 AM
The interesting / problem with this shot is that the focus is very clearly the Buoy due to the selective desaturation. I'd try posting the colour version (or fully B&W) version and I'll bet it's a much better shot. I know it's the tile of your photo but it just seems a bit odd. IMHO of course.

Message edited by author 2007-05-28 07:26:14.
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